Learn How to Become a Fraud Investigator-Examiner

1) Earn a degree in Economic Crime, Fraud Management, Accounting, Criminal Justice, Law, or Business Administration. For many positions, a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice may be substituted for investigator experience. 
2) Review the additional requirements below to make sure you qualify.
3) Licensing and continuing education requirements vary by State. College graduates may have the best opportunities; competition will be keen for jobs as investigators, because this occupation attracts many qualified people.

Fraud Investigator-Examiner Duties

As a Fraud Investigator, you may conduct civil and criminal investigations. Fraud investigators interview complainants, employers and witnesses, research records and obtain documentation related to personnel, medical and other evidence pertinent to the case. They obtain statements of fact, depositions, or confessions. They must understand and adhere to legal requirements and responsibilities gathering evidence. Fraud examiners obtain and serve subpoenas. They coordinate the service of search warrants and conduct field surveillance. Fraud investigators write investigative reports establishing proof of facts and evidence sufficient to be used in court or administrative hearing. Fraud investigator jobs also entail presenting completed investigation to prosecutors, U. S. Attorney’s Office, or to assistant attorneys general. These jobs also require providing testimony in court or other proceedings.

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Fraud Investigator Qualifications and Education

Fraud Investigators generally have experience as an investigator with a criminal justice agency or criminal investigative agency of the armed forces, or investigating personal backgrounds, unfair and deceptive business practices, insurance casualty claims, or other directly allied field, three years of which must include field experience. College-level course work with major emphasis in criminal justice, business administration, public administration, law or directly allied field may be substituted for experience depending on where you are applying. Courses in the following areas are desired: Interviewing and taking statements; report writing; collecting, preserving and/or rules of evidence; police science.

Fraud Investigator-Examiner Salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median national annual salary for claims adjusters, examiners and fraud investigators is $59,850. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Ontario Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Barrie, Kitchener, Hamilton, Sudbury, Scarborough, Nepean, Ottawa, Toronto, Mississauga, Windsor

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Law Enforcement Foundations

Campuses: Kingston, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Burlington, Oshawa

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma in Police Foundations

Iowa Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Cedar Falls, IA

Degrees Offered:

  • Private Security Certificate

Online Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's - Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts - Law Enforcement Administration (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science - Public Administration: Law Enforcement

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Program outcomes vary according to each institution's specific curriculum and employment opportunities are not guaranteed.
Earning a degree may not qualify you for specialized careers that require more education or experience in the field.